David Cameron has said the government will set out plans to allow private and voluntary groups to run almost every kind of public service.
But unions accused him of trying to "privatise everything".
General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Brendan Barber accused Mr Cameron of pursuing a "naked right-wing agenda" that would take the country back to the most divisive years of the 1980s.
"The prime minister has been telling us that the cuts are sadly necessary, not a secret political project to destroy public services. Yet today's proposal to privatise everything that moves is exactly the kind of proposal that voters would reject if put at an election.”
Quite. How many people want to see privatised libraries, a privatised NHS and a privatised welfare state?
Read Dave's DT article and then go back to read George Monbiot’s excellent Guardian article on how British politics works, which I linked to here.
Governments don't ask themselves "what can we do that is good for the people?". They ask themselves "how do we persuade people that what we want to do is good for them?". The task of both politicians and the corporate press is to convince us that what is good for billionaires is good for everyone but billionaires.
…..An economic war is being fought here. Wealth is being transferred from the poor and middle to the rich at stupefying speed and on a stupefying scale. The financial sector seeks to wring every drop from the productive economy, heedless of the eventual impacts. The government is there to help.
And that is what the ‘Open Public Services’ White Paper is all about.